Garden Camp is back for another fun filled summer of outdoor learning for children 7-17 years old!
Our #1 priority is to provide a safe and inclusive space for children to be outdoors and immersed in the delights of a working school garden.
Each week offers different themes and is full of creative, hands-on activities that will nurture a life-long appreciation of nature, build healthy habits, and create lasting friendships!
Early Registration: $315
Sibling Rate: $335
Multiple Week Rate: $335
Open Registration: $375
Junior Educator (12-17 year olds): $275
Salmon Creek School Garden
1935 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
Each Session is M-F from 9 am to 3:00pm
Partial scholarships are available to families in need.
Please complete a Scholarship Application.
Note that submission of a scholarship application does not guarantee an award.
Consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund & help send a child to camp!
THANK YOU TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS!
School Garden Network also welcomes rising 11- 17 year olds to participate as Junior Garden Educators. Junior Garden Educators will join a camp group, assist the Garden Educator, and engage with younger campers in a fun and productive way. This program provides youth with the skills and experience needed to be leaders and outdoor educators. Teens will need to fill out a short questionnaire. Space is limited to only 5 junior educators each week. There is a certificate upon completion. If you are interested please fill out the questionnaire and we will be in touch.
Session 1 - Brainiac Blastoff - July 4-8th
Have you ever made a birdhouse before? Cooked with a solar oven? Do you know how to make natural dyes? Brainiac Blastoff is perfect for kids who want to develop their creative minds and inner engineer. In this program kids will do a little less hiking and more building. While keeping in line with the core curriculum this course will focus on hands-on projects that take tips from the genius of nature. We will be building bird houses and cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Time to build some memories!
Session 2- Rooted Hearts - July 11-15th
Do you want to learn how to move silently through the woods with your senses raised up high? Do you want to learn how to listen to plants in the garden? Rooted Hearts is a perfect way for kids to be one with nature, with a focus on group games, and nature-based crafts like carving butter spreaders from local wood. While keeping in line with the core curriculum, this course will focus on exploring all the ways that we are part of nature. We will be cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. It’s dirt time!
Session 3- Budding Botanists- July 18-22nd
Ever dig in the compost just to see what’s up? Want to learn how to craft a handmade salve or sunburn spray? Budding Botanists is a week for campers to explore the ways of plants in the garden and forest. While keeping in line with the core curriculum this course will focus on inquiry based learning, exploration, and craft. We will also be cooking everyday with food from the garden, carving cups out of timber bamboo, and creating an herbal first aid kit from plants in the garden! Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Grab your magnifying glasses, it's time to look more closely at our plant friends!
Session 4- Fruits of our Labor - July 25-29th
Have you ever designed a garden bed? Or painted a beautiful mural? Have you ever used a loom for weaving? Fruits of Our Labor is designed for campers to engage their imagination through cooperative projects. In this program they will be exploring different paths of expression, through art, storytelling, cooking, and movement. While keeping in line with the core curriculum this course will focus on artistic expression. We will be painting a collective mural near the greenhouse, weaving individual and group loom projects, and cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Time to make some magic!
Emily Ruebl's love for nature and earth tending began at a young age through daily encounters with a few beloved backyard plant allies. She has facilitated experiential learning in many diverse settings, including educational farms, school gardens, and forest school programs—focusing much of her curriculum development on the intersections of food literacy, nature connection, and social emotional learning.
She believes in nature-based programming as an opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves, with each other, and with our wider natural world.
Sam Pratt, AKA Live Oak, is an educator in Sonoma County who has taught middle school art, physical education, and nature based summer camps. He has worked with a variety of ages and is currently working with fifth graders at a Waldorf School.
Sam is dedicated to working towards teaching gardening and nature connection as a core subject in our current educational systems. He has experience in establishing core routines for youth that encourage nature discovery and exploration.
Austin Brooks is a 4th grade teacher at Marguerite Hahn Elementary in Rohnert Park, where he has managed the Garden Club for 7 years. When he started at his site, the beds were deteriorating and filled with lifeless dirt. Since the introduction of the Garden Club, life returned to the school in the form of frogs, worms, plants, and plenty of stink beetles. The members learned that not every plant is a tomato and the orange part of the carrot actually grows in the ground.
School Garden Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. You can make a donation that will directly pay for a child to attend Garden Camp and have the chance to experience the wonders of the garden.
Please make a donation today and send a child to camp!